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With the end of the year looming just around the corner of October, some people are likely already considering what their new year resolutions might entail. The great thing about resolutions, though, is that you don’t have to wait until a new year to turn over before you can start working on creating new habits and breaking old bad ones.
There’s an abundance of riches when it comes to habit tracking apps for iOS, but our favorite is Streaks. It gives you powerful features, almost unlimited customization options, and integration with Apple features like the Health app and Shortcuts to automate much of your digital habit tracking.
Shortcuts is a wonderful app, but it can also be overwhelming. Today, I’m going to show you 15 one-action Shortcuts you can create, and let’s be honest — with one action, there’s not a lot of work for you to do!
Every November, thousands of people participate in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. The goal is to complete a 50,000 word manuscript between November 1st and November 30th. The project started in 1999 with 21 participants, but now over 400,000 people participate annually.
What’s great about NaNoWriMo is that even if you don’t “win” by finishing your complete 50,000 word manuscript, you still make significant progress in a short period of time. So if you have a goal to write a book (whether it’s fiction or not), participating in NaNoWriMo can give you the motivation and kick-start you need for your dream to finally become a reality.
Aside from what you are actually going to write, the next question to answer is: What tool should I use?
Every workflow — especially one that is used year after year — is bound to undergo changes and fine-tuning. New apps debut, new ideas are uncovered, and new habits are formed to better perfect a workflow to your needs.
Such has been the case with my long-term research workflow over the summer. My long-term research project revolves around Bible study, but I think any recent fine-tuning may be more relevant for those writing a thesis or a book — that of capturing text in tangible books rather than capturing screenshots or images.
In college, all my roommates thought I was weird. Not because I was socially awkward, but because I found that I focused better with background noise. So whenever I needed to study for an important exam, I would put on a movie.
I never understood why it worked for me. I just knew that for some reason the background noise helped me to focus, and the roughly two hour length of a movie helped me to hold my focus for longer periods of time.
One of the more interesting approaches to facilitating a focused work habit in recent history is the ability of companies like Brain.fm to develop functional music optimized for its effects on our behavior.
iOS 13 added a feature where you can set your name and picture as you wish for your contacts to see, and it will allow them to update their information for you as well.
Wait. There’s one more thing…
Custom Productivity Templates for GoodNotes (and more)
If you want to use custom productivity templates in GoodNotes, we’ve got a whole library that can help you.
We’ll show you…
- How to create and save custom page templates.
- How to use those page templates to transform GoodNotes into your own productivity notebook (or any other type of notebook replacement).
- How to manage and organize your GoodNotes notebooks.
- And more…
Plus, we also have included our entire, in-house library of custom productivity templates.
Our complete in-house library of custom GoodNotes templates are part of our brand-new GoodNotes course.
The new course also includes a slew of screencast tutorial videos to help you save time and frustration. We’ll show you all the ins and outs, ticks and tricks, and awesome features of this app so you can use your iPad more.